The Refill Revolution Takes Its Next Step in Wokingham – With Maya’s Refillables…

Zero waste business Maya’s Refillables has been a regular fixture at Wokingham Market for several years. With the business having recently set up shop at its shiny new permanent home in Wokingham’s Peach Place, we caught up with owner and friend to Plastic Free Home, Maya Gheorghe, to find out more. “Having a shop has …

The Best Eco-Friendly Sunscreens – Ocean and Reef Safe SPF Sun Creams

Why are traditional sunscreens bad for the environment? Traditional (generally big brand) sunscreens often contain chemicals, including Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, that can harm or kill coral and marine life when they enter our rivers and oceans. Every time we bath or shower, wash our hands or swim outdoors having applied sunscreen, we risk introducing potentially toxic and …

Ethical and Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs – From Fairtrade and Plastic Free to Organic and Vegan

Easter eggs and the status quo It’s early February but Easter eggs have already been on the shelves for weeks in some shops and we know that some people buy theirs early so here goes… An estimated 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold annually in the UK. According to the Retail Data Partnership, Cadbury has …

The Environmental Impact of Valentine’s Day – Show Our Planet Some Love…

Roses are red, Violets are blue, ditch waste this Valentine’s Day, our planet needs you… If you’ve left thinking about your partner’s Valentine’s Day gift to the last minute, there’s good news and a get out of jail card with your name on it waiting. Every year in the UK we send more than 25 …

7 Ways to Make 2022 More Sustainable

The New Year is always a great time to consider making positive changes. Here are our suggestions when it comes to living more sustainably in 2022 and beyond… 1. Shop smarterAim to only buy and consume what you need, to help reduce your footprint and the amount of waste you produce. Support local and independent …

It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts! Is Your Christmas Wrapping Paper Recyclable?

Isn’t all wrapping paper recyclable? ‘Can wrapping paper be recycled?’ is a commonly asked question. Unfortunately, Christmas wrapping paper is often dyed, printed, laminated and/or contains non-paper-based additions (which can include glitter and plastic elements) which can’t be recycled. Can I recycle my Christmas wrapping paper? The good news is that the cheaper wrapping papers …

Let’s Make Black Friday Green – The Environmental Impact of Black Friday

In the 1860s the term “Black Friday” was used in reference to stock market crashes in the USA. However, since the 1950s it has been re-coined to describe a day of shopping and so-called sales, in a trend that had thankfully eluded the UK until more recently. And who else have we to thank for …

10 Tips for a More Eco Friendly Christmas

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means just a little bit more. ”It’s not often that we quote the Grinch, but in this case, and perhaps at the moment more than ever, Dr Seuss’ fictional character is spot on. Ordinarily, Christmas is a magical time of year but it is also …

Going Green This Halloween – Tips for a Plastic Free and Eco-Friendly Fright Night

Scary stuff This time last year we appeared on a local BBC radio station talking about the environmental impact of Halloween. For example, in the UK alone, Halloween costumes and accessories are responsible for 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. And, shockingly, 90% of the Halloween costumes we buy contain …

Rethinking Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

Last week, I read a piece in The Telegraph by TV personality and writer Victoria Coren Mitchell, on “the joy of proper British holidays,” and it got me thinking. In the same way that last year it felt so good to watch more and more people rediscovering and embracing nature, this year it has been …